My Top 10 Favorite The Smashing Pumpkins Songs

My Top 10 Favorite Songs by The Smashing Pumpkins

Today the frontman for my all time favorite band The Smashing Pumpkins turns 52. So in honor of William Corgan’s birthday, I thought this weeks blog would center the Pumpkins!

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10. Ava Adore (1998)

One of the Pumpkins more aggressive songs, “Ava Adore” from their 1998 gothic-alternative album Adore is hands down one of my favorite Pumpkins songs. And arguably the best guitar solo the Pumpkins have ever made. WPC and James Iha are both guitar gods after all. Any how, this is by far one of my favorite SP songs and songs in general. Probably their darkest album, WPC wrote most of it in 1997 at the time of his divorce.

9. The Everlasting Gaze (2000)

Off their shoegazing album “Machina – The Machines Of God” – this song proves its case as one of the best ever. The heavy thrashing riffs kicking the song off then going off into the beautiful synth break in the chorus filled along with beautiful lyrics. The song, as the majority of the album is about wrapping your head around God and Christ consciousness. The Everlasting Gaze to my understanding is a song about how all of us want a place in Heaven on some level even though some of us don’t believe in it, and how it’s probably not going to be crowded when you get there. The line “We all want to hold in the everlasting gaze”, says it all. What I think it means is we all want to go to heaven, but just because you want that doesn’t mean you are going to get there. I know I got a bit off topic with this one, but the lyrics is one of the many reasons I love the song.

8. Rocket (1993)

Off my personal favorite SP album Siamese Dream, this alt rock anthem prove its case. This was the second song they played when I saw them live approaching a year ago and it’s definitely and essential and underrated SP song. With debatable lyrics, and killer guitar hooks “Rocket” is clearly one of the greatest songs of the decade. And there was a lot of great songs put out then.

7. Cherub Rock (1993)

One of the better known SP songs, Cherub Rock is the opening energetic and feisty track off of Siamese Dream. Corgan plays octaves throughout the song instead of chords which is a really fun thing to do. And the guitar solo is magnificent, and in my opinion the best phaser solo ever made. Corgan is a mind blowingly amazing guitarist, and this song shows off his talents not only as musician – but a composer and songwriter.

6. Rhinoceros (1991)

Rhinoceros is clearly the best song off of SP’s first album Gish. From the soft poppy beginning to straight up rocking, also notably their most famous solo. Funny thing is throughout Gish there was no pedals used at all. Just a guitar and an

amp. I don’t really love hard rock, but Gish is a fantastic album. I love alternative rock, which is what the Pumpkins primary genre is. And I think the first thing I’ll ask Billy Corgan when I meet him someday is, “what does she know?!”

5. 1979 (1995)

As far as people know the Pumpkins by, this is their crowing achievement. Their most popular song, and definitely one of their best. Mellow and happy, 1979 brings us back to a certain time and place and for the younger fans out there we get nostalgic about stuff we don’t even know about. It’s an incredibly difficult song on guitar, how Corgan sings and plays it at the same time is beyond me. And the drum intro Jimmy Chamberlin does is probably the best drum intro of the decade.

4. Disarm (1993)

The acoustic song Disarm is not only one of the best Smashing Pumpkins songs but also notably one of the most emotional and passionate songs in rock. The songs centers the sad childhood of frontman Billy Corgan with a heroin addicted angry father and him trying to break free of the little boy he once was. Nearly teared up when I saw em live last summer and they opened with it. Depressing topic? Maybe so, but it’s an amazing song. Also, I love the violin work in this song.

3. Mayonnaise (1993)

Some of the best dual guitar work ever made, Mayonnaise from Siamese Dream proves it’s case. The chord progression was originally written by James Iha, and interestingly enough his guitar is in a completely different tuning than Billy Corgan throughout the song. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs, just raw and emotional and guitar heavy. All notable things I look for in music. Similar to 1979, it makes me have memories I know nothing about.

2. Today (1993)

This is probably the most optimistic song ever made. You simply can’t listen to this song and stay in a bad mood. This is a song about staying positive even at the worst of times. At the time of Siamese Dream Corgan was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was gaining weight. Alongside suicudal thoughts as the band was only locally famous before Siamese Dream, this song is about forgetting about it and staying positive. About not having no In your heart, telling yourself things will work out even though you have no evidence that they will for sure.

1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings (1995)

This is without question my favorite song of the 90’s. And the 90’s is my favorite decade for music. I can’t put into many words about what this song is to me, it would be so long that it would be anther blog, which funny enough I’ve already written in the past. This is the first song by them I heard, and I fell in love with the band immediately because of it. This alt rock anthem is definitely a life changer, hearing it for the thousandth time feels like the first time. To put it into words, you’d have to check my other blog.

Any how, thanks for reading. Here’s a shortlist of honorable mentions…

11. Tonight, Tonight (1995)

12. Perfect (1998)

13. Silvery Sometimes Ghosts (2018)

14. Bodies (1995)

15. I Am One (1991)

16. Soma (1993)

17. Pale Horse (2012)

18. Siva (1991)

19. Stand Inside Your Love (2000)

20. Zero (1995)

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MonthlyMusicMovieReview #3 – “This Is Spinal Tap”

Hello everybody! Welcome to the third edition of MonthlyMusicMovieReview. In this series I write a short review for music movies and post them on the blog, and today I’m looking at what is definitely one of my all time favorite movies – This Is Spinal Tap.

Now, this movie is not only one of my favorite music movies – but generally one of my favorite films ever made. And loosely based on the fact that is infinitely quotable and it is hilarious!

This Is Spinal Tap is a fake rockumentary about a fake band called “Spinal Tap”. They are an 80’s hair metal band, and essentially they just took a bunch of 80’s stereotypical hair bands and put them into one blowing it up to the max.

The film is under 90 minutes long, and you’ll laugh the whole time. With likable characters, and fun not being able to find your way around the arenas – you’ll fall in love with this movie.

Especially if you are a guitarist you could relate to the beloved Nigel – who doesn’t like his guitars being touched and likes to turn up the amps to “11.” One of the single greatest movies scenes of all time is featured in this movie with Nigel in his guitar room. It was pretty dang funny.

Any how, thank you guys for reading today’s blog. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all soon! Check out Spinal Tap, and keep on rockin!

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Lindsay Buckingham calls new Fleetwood Mac line-up a “cover band”, and he’s not wrong!

A few months ago, Fleetwood Mac let their legendary guitarist, co-lead singer, principle musical composer, & primary songwriter Lindsay Buckingham go to replace him with the guy from Crowded House and Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers.

If you know me, you probably know how much I love Fleetwood Mac and what a big influence Lindsey Buckingham has on my guitar playing, and despite Fleetwood getting rid of one of my idols I can’t hate them. However, without Lindsey it isn’t even Fleetwood Mac – I could that!

Recently in an interview Lindsey was asked about the new line up and he said it was basically a “cover band”, and he %100 correct!

Without your lead guitarist, singer, songwriter, & composer – you don’t have your band. Campbell and the Crowded house guy both are clearly talented, but it’s not the same sound or band without Lindsey.

It’s real unfortunate that this had to happen, and I side with Lindsay 100%. Stevie Nicks kicked him out, when Lindsay was the one her made her famous in the first place.

See, when Fleetwood Mac said they wanted Lindsay Buckingham to join – he said only if you take my girlfriend – which was Stevie Nicks. Years later they mutually decide to split up and are still friends – than even more years later Nicks becomes jealous I guess and tells the band “he goes or I go.”

My best guess is this all started because while after their split up, Lindsey got married and had a family – while Nicks lives alone all by herself in Arizona. He lived and still does today live the good life. A beautiful loving younger wife, a family – he’s living it up in LA! My best guess is Stevie got jealous of all that and kicked him out. Like she went crazy.

Nicks clearly is very talented, and I use to think she was cool – but after all this crap she started I think she’s just anther talented jerk.

Not cool of Mick Fleetwood either to not stick up for Lindsey, but whatever if Lindsay forgave him then I can too.

I’m not even really upset with Campbell, I love Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and he’s an amazing guitarist who has been friends with Fleetwood Mac for years. He took the job for that reason and the fact that he probably misses playing music. And frankly, who wouldn’t?!

But just because he is an incredibly talented guitarist, doesn’t mean he fits in the band.

Anyways, I guess that’s all I have to say. Thank you so much for reading. Please follow for weekly posts. And as always – I’ll see you next Sunday!

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The Rise and Fall of The Clash (Film Review)

Recently I watched a great Rock doc about The Clash with my father – “The Rise and Fall Of The Clash.”

The Clash is definitely one of my favorite bands and because of this I deeply enjoyed the documentary. I always love to look deeper and find out new things about bands I love. Featuring original members from the Clash, authors, actors and actresses, and other musicians to put on their input and put what they about the Clash out there. It was a really great documentary, that I recccomend highly for all fans of punk music.

It consists of exclusive concert cuts of the band, interviews, and non-stop back to back interesting facts about one of thee most influential and cherished bands of all time.

I really do think you should check it out. You learn a lot. You laugh, you cry, you get the best of everything – and it is safe to say that this has moved up on the list for my favorite rock documentaries.

Check it out! On amazon I think…

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10 Best Rock Basslines

Hey everyone! Welcome to The Book Of Luke. Today I’m going to be taking a look at what are my personal favorite rock bass lines. Do keep in mind, this list is 100% my opinion and by “best”, I mean “my favorite”. Let’s get to it.

10. Money by Pink Floyd (1973)

Money by Pink Floyd is easily one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, and is also easily one of greatest bass lines I’ve ever heard. It’s just absolutely amazing, and Roger Waters never fails to compose awesome music. The bass line is groovy, catchy, and gets stuck in your head. Floyd does an exceptional job writing good songs with great bass lines, and as you tell by what I’ve said about this song I am a huge Pink Floyd fan. It’s a jamming bass line, but it’s not my favorite.

9. When I Come Around by Green Day (1994)

Ahhhh Green Day. One of thee most cherished punk bands of all time, who will always hold a place in my heart. On top of Green Day being an awesome band with incredibly talented members, their bass lines are amazing. Bassist Mike Dirnt plays a fender precision bass guitar with a pick. Dirnt really brought the trend of playing bass with a pick back, and his unique tone and style has influenced musicians across the globe. Now you can see pink bass players everywhere using a pick. Pretty much all punk bassists play with picks. And you can credit Mike Dirnt for that.

8. Would? by Alice In Chains (1992)

Alice In Chains is one of my favorite bands and I’ve loved them from the start. And let me say bassist Mike Starr was incredibly underrated. Regarded Mike Inez is just as good, Starr was clearly gifted. He played with passion and feel, more than you typically say and this song in particular shows his talent. It’s the first instrument heard in the song and intro takes you to a different place. Starr is a bass riff lord without a doubt, and the list wouldn’t be complete without a AIN bass-line.

7. Message In a Bottle by The Police (1979)

Sting of The Police is rightfully dubbed one of the most creative and innovative bassists in all of rock, and I really could have put any one of their bass-lines on this list. But the main reason I picked this one is because I think out of all their great bass-lines, this one shows off Sting’s talents the most. For starters, it’s incredibly hard to sing and play. I know because I’ve tried it. And the songwriting is just flat out amazing. Filled with great lines after lines. Sting and The Police really hit it out of the park with this one, as they did a lot. One of the many reasons I love this band.

6. The Chain by Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain is easily one of the most popular and adored bass lines of the 70s and it’s no secret to why I love it. It’s just the perfect bass line. It’s groovy yet not goofy, fun, edgy, & melodic all at once. At times I find myself singing it to myself just because of how melodic it is. Easily one of my favorite bass lines of all time from one of the greatest bands in rock.

5. Anther One Bites The Dust by Queen (1980)

Down to the top 5 and nobody deserves the position more than John Deacon. Deacon is an incredible bass guitarist who composed thousands of fantastic bass lines. But this one really stands out. Wouldn’t expect a three note riff to be as good and as catchy as this but dang! It’s like the Smoke On The Water of bass. Great and fun and catchy all around – John Deacon never fails to amaze.

4. 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins (1995)

A one note for the most part riff, “1979” is one of the greatest bass lines of the 90’s. It’s simplistic and melodic and beautiful and easily makes the list. The Pumpkins have been my favorite band ever since I discovered them a year ago. Too many great songs to name. 1979 isn’t nesscarily my favorite SP song, but it’s definitely up there and definitely needs to make this list. I mean it’s ONE FRIGGIN NOTE!

3. Crush by Dave Matthews Band (1998)

“Crush”, by Dave Matthews Band is no doubt a fantastic and well written song. And it’s bass line is incredible. Stefan Lessard is so talented and the story behind him is awesome. Just a 17 year old bass player when Dave Matthews asked him to play for him. At this time DMB was just a small bar band and everyone told Stefan he was stupid because he picked them over college and yet here he is one of the greatest bassists of all time playing for one of the most successful bands of the 90’s. Well deserved, because DMB rocks.

2. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1991)

Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers is easily and rightfully crowned the greatest bassist of all time and this would not be a list without some Red Hot Chili Peppers! Everything about this song is awesome. The bass line, the guitar tone, Anthony Kiedis vocals, Chad’s percussive drum fills – just everything about it is great. Flea has made countless great bass lines and his success is definitely deserved!

1. Californiacation by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)

This is no doubt my all time favorite bass line. It’s the reason I bought a bass. It’s so amazing people often mistake it for a guitar. Flea is incredible, as is this difficult bass riff. This song is filled with juicy bass licks, charismatic vocals and like Under The Bridge is just very well written and composed. When you think they couldn’t get better, just listen to this. It’s a real life changer.

Thank you guys for reading. This was a hard list to make and I hope you all enjoyed! Follow the blog and I will see you guys next week!

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HONORABLE MENTIONS LIST:

11. Jumper by Third Eye Blind (1997)

12. Stir It Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1972)

13. Longview by Green Day (1994)

14. Black by Pearl Jam (1991)

15. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 (1983)

16. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana (1991)

17. Higher Ground by Red Hot Chili Peppers (1988)

18. Haginaround by Counting Crows (1999)

19. Plush by Stone Temple Pilots (1992)

20. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young (1972)

Lindsay Buckingham is now suing Fleetwood Mac, and I side with him.

If you are not up to date on it, Fleetwood Mac is one of my all time favorite bands. And I’ve recently found out discouraging news about Lindsay Buckingham being fired from the band. Apparently Stevie Nicks told them “he goes or I go”.

Regarded, Stevie and Lindsay alike are needed in the band – however that being said that means firing Lindsay isn’t cool.

I’ve written a past blog on the subject of him being fired and him starting a solo tour just a couple days after Fleetwood’s kicks off, but today’s blog is loosely based on the troubling recent news that Lindsay Buckingham is SUING Fleetwood Mac, and about why him doing so is not unreasonable.

To start, the reason Lindsay Buckingham is suing Fleetwood Mac is because they promised to pay him when the tour was over. (As it was apart of his oral agreement)

After saying that he would not be receiving the money, and that the contract had no longer been a contract to Stevie and the rest of the band he sued. Naturally. You can’t just promise people money and have them sign a contract, just to go behind their back. That’s illegal. So it’s safe to say that Stevie Nicks has gone full on crazy. As talented as she may be, what she is doing is completely insane. My father had a past boss who did the exact same thing to him. It’s just flat out crazy.

Even though she may have gone insane, Fleetwood Mac is a band that I will always love and treasure and I can safely say I side with Lindsay. You can’t just remove such a soul part of the band. He sang co-lead vocals for the band’s biggest songs, he wrote the legendary guitar solos and riffs we all recognize and love, and to top it off he also composed the majority of the band’s music. This is a classic Pink Floyd situation happening all over again. Only appose to the other members sticking up for Lindsay who is the David Gilmour of the situation, they side with the Roger Waters whom is Stevie Nicks.

From an honest standpoint, if the other members had joined Lindsay you’d have a better chance of still being Fleetwood Mac rather than with Stevie. Don’t get me wrong, Stevie Nicks is a rock legend who is also a crazy talented singer, songwriter, performer, and many other things – but Lindsay in the end is probably more valued.

To wrap it up, I think that Lindsay Buckingham is the innocent victim of the situation and if I was in his position – then I would sue as well. He did nothing wrong.

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(Other blog on the subject, read if interested https://ebookofluke.com/2018/09/02/lindsey-buckingham-starts-solo-acoustic-tour-4-days-after-fleetwood-mac-starts/)

MonthlyMusicMovieReview – #1 “Scott Pilgrim vs The World”.

Hey readers! As said last week I will be opening up a new series in my blog – and here it is.

I am now writing monthly reviews for music movies, and to start I’d like to do this movie I recently saw that I LOVED!

Now to start, it is debatable to put this film under the “music” genre, but it’s close enough.

Based out of the comic book series by Brian Lee O’Malley, “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” / is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.

Set in Toronto, Canada – Scott Pilgrim is a bass player who shops at good will and live across the street from his parents. He meets the girl of his dreams…literally and has to defeat her 7 evil exes to be with her.

Stupid, right? That’s why it’s so ridiculously funny. What I love even more is that the bad guys are played by actors who portrayed super heroes, such as Captain America and Superman.

This 2 hour masterpiece is filled with fun, hilarious visual comedy, an incredible soundtrack. As a mega fan of The Smashing Pumpkins, and a pretty huge Metric fan I’m forced to love this movie. Even funnier is that Metric and Smashing Pumpkins toured together just this summer. Who knew? Maybe that’s how Billy Corgan discovered Metric.

Any how if you like oddballs, outcasts, loveable losers, rock music, video games, and comic books this movie is perfect for you. Just note it’s PG-13 for a reason, and shouldn’t be watched by a child under 13 without a parent. But, 13 or older they can watch alone. Also if you don’t like dumb jokes, comic books, video games, rock music, hilarious visual comedy, awesomeness, & super heroes you may want to steer clear. Any people over the age of 60 wouldn’t get any of the jokes.

But anyway, thanks again for reading! Watch or download Scott Pilgrim on Netflix or iTunes! It consistently hits the sweet spot!

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